TACLOBAN CITY – Policemen on Tuesday seized PHP240,000 worth of hot logs in Bobon, Northern Samar as part of its intensified campaign against illegal logging.
The 4,800 board feet of logs loaded in a six-wheeler truck were transported without permits, prompting the local police to confiscate the logs and arrest seven men, including the truck driver and haulers, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Northern Samar provincial office reported on Wednesday.
Northern Samar police provincial director Col. Arnel Apud said in a statement that violators will face charges under Presidential Decree 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines while confiscated lumber will be turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
“We have been intensifying our forest protection efforts in the past weeks. With our recent confiscations and apprehensions we hope to send a strong message to illegal loggers that we will deal with them with the full force of the law,” Apud said.
“I also urge the public to be vigilant and help us protect our environment by reporting any suspected illegal logging activities in their localities,” he added.
The PNP has considered anti-illegal logging drive as one of its priorities to address frequent flooding in the province.
Northern Samar has been the target by illegal loggers given its vast forest. Of the 3,692.93 square kilometers land area in the province, about 52 percent is covered by forest, according to DENR. (PNA)